Hello! I was wondering if any of you knew if US employers would frown on a United States citizen who completed her archives & records management masters program abroad in the United Kingdom (University College London) instead of the United States? Would it make it very difficult to get a job back in the United States (I would present my transcript, show the classes I have taken, etc). I also have a lot of volunteer and internship experience in archives and records management if that helps.
Conversely, is it very difficult for an American with a degree from UCL to get a job in the UK dealing in archives & records management after graduation? I know visas are difficult to come by.
Just trying to figure out my options. Any advice or information would be MUCH appreciated. Have a lovely day.
Hi all! I have a question regarding film preservation schools on the east coast. The two I'm aware of include NYU Master’s Degree Program in Moving Image Archiving and Preservation, and George Eastman House House L. Jeffrey Selznick School of Film and Video Preservation. Both are pretty pricey...around the same tuition I paid for my undergrad.
I currently have a masters in Library Science from Queens College with a certificate in archives, but I have a deep desire to work in film preservation. I chose the path of an MLS because I wanted librarianship to be something to fall back on, and actually it worked out when I really couldn't find jobs in the archive field following graduation last June. I'm currently a reference and instruction librarian at a small college.
I feel like my question is silly because I know the answer is yes, but I'd like to hear your input. My question is (for any film archivists in the community or anyone who may know the answer), do you recommend a film preservation degree? Would my certificate in archives (and additional readings I do to keep up with the field on the side) be enough? I guess it would depend on the job description, right? Sigh....
I just got into the habit of paying back loans and it would break my heart to take out another large chunk, haha! Perhaps there are alternatives that I'm not seeing. Anyway, thanks in advance!
Hi--Let me start out by saying I am not an archivist, librarian or historian. However, I have many years of office experience and am good at organizing files.
And so... I'm volunteering at a small historical society museum on a shoestring budget. The place is in chaos, mostly because they've had a lot of staff turnover during the years. The filing system is a nightmare. They've got files labeled "Correspondence" that go back to the 1970s, instead of having the letters filed in the subject files.
There are "Accession" files, "Loaned Objects" files, "Objects in collection" files (though not for every item).
Luckily, the museum owns Past Perfect and a lot of the original accession cards/handwritten records have been transferred into the program.
I have a few questions on reorganizing the physical files (aside from tossing a lot of the stuff). Also, on keeping an inventory for the gift shop. I believe they've got Excel and Access too.
Does anyone have a good model for a filing system? I went to the National Archives site and it's overwhelming.
Also, if your museum has a gift shop, how do you keep track of purchases etc.?
The task seems to be a many-headed Hydra...Sigh...
I have a quick question. I am a current MLIS student on an archives track, and today my advisor suggested I study or work abroad for a few weeks/a semester. I was wondering if anyone had any idea of where to begin looking for programs/projects? I'd especially love to go to the UK (having already studied abroad and quite comfortable with the country(ies) already).
Hello! I am a library science student looking to specialize in archives. I have just one problem: I have asthma. When I work with archival materials in my internship I don't usually have a big problem (so far), but I do have occasionally bad flare ups.
My health is obviously first and foremost my number one priority, but this is something I love doing and I just don't want to give it up if I don't have to. I didn't know if any of you out there has a similar problem...if so, have you found it to be an obstacle to your career as an archivist?
Hi! I have certificate of archives and records management from Queens College (along with my MLS degree). I just recently found out about the ACA (The Academy of Certified Archivists) exam. Is it necessary for applying to jobs? Or is that something that is often pursued once you have years of experience on the field? I'm somewhat confused. Anyone can help?
EDIT: I think I found my answer in the ACA Handbook. In order to qualify for the exam, there are four options (two of which require a master's degree with a concentration in archives and a few years of professional archival experience).
So just in case anyone was curious, check out the handbook on their website. :)
Hi everyone, glad to have found this community. I am just curious, is it even possible to find an archive job without grad school? I'm currently just finished my 2nd year of undergrad and I'm almost 28 years old. I would really rather not have to spend more time in school after undergrad. But are the prospects of finding a job in archives even possible without a graduate degree? Are there any steps a person could take to getting a career in this field through ways other than graduate school?
Also any reccomendations for good grad schools in Canada (if I have to take this route). I know there is a Masters of Archival Studies at UBC. Are there any other schools that offer a program like this?
I am currently getting my MLIS, and I have been working a paid records management internship for a while. By the time it is over, I will have one year's experience. I wasn't expecting to fall into RM, but I feel that the experience has been mostly positive. However, I would much rather work at an archives or museum eventually.
As a records management intern, I work more with current records and typically focus more on the importance of disposal and legality than long-term care and historical context.
I'm wondering, though, if people think of RM as being similar to archives. My boss actually used to work as an archivist, but I don't know if the transition from RM to archives is as easy. Any ideas?
And why post this on the Archivists list? Kodachrome was famous and distinctive among color films in setting a standard for colorfastness and permanence. Ektachrome and other varieties were cheap and easy, but within a few years they would be substantially washed out. But a Kodachrome slide, kept in the dark in an archival sleeve, would be as bright as the day it was processed, even after 50 years.
Ye Archivists: gather up the world's remaining Kodachromes and care for them well. They will determine how much of the 20th century will look for all time to come.